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Should business put minimum wage on city ballot?

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

Participatory government is more efficiently run by elected representatives making presumably informed and well-thought-out decisions. But a mechanism to overturn bad decisions still needs to be available for voters. Businesses are right to seek a referendum on the impact of significantly raising the minimum wage. Ramifications -- from such a large hike; effects on job numbers and business operations within the city; the result of disproportionate wages compared against next-door areas; even how wage requirements are enforced on businesses outside the city of San Diego conducting business in the city -- still need to be more thoroughly considered and vetted.